01-20-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #38


Title
Challenge Grant for Gifted Collaborative Curriculum Projects

Discussion

This proposed grant project is a response to Florida DOE to promote innovative redesign of instruction and improved academic performance of students who are gifted. The Canine Commando Challenge is an expansion of an existing 5 year old gifted project at Tropical Elementary that provides 'real world' experiences in a service learning, project-based, instructional environment  for 6th grade students. Students are challenged to use higher thinking skills and knowledge levels to complete class projects, research, and reflect as they learn to train shelter dogs in basic commands, develop training videos for adoptive families, and promote animal adoption. The expanded program will collaborate with  8 other elementary school gifted programs. Each school and students will visit the South Animal Care Shelter once a month providing the dogs with 8 contacts and trainings per month. The training by these students do change the dogs' behavior and make them more adoptable.

The program was the first to receive the Disney National School Wide Community Service Thousand Points of Light Award.

Estimated budget is $10,000 for one year. Cash match is not required. Indirect costs are not allowed.  Ms. Virginia Hamilton, teacher for Gifted program at Tropical Elementary will be the project coordinator.



Recommendation
Request for board approval to write and submit a proposal.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 1/20/2009

Authority for Action
General Powers and duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Partial

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
09-1010,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact
Dr. Sherry Meaders, Grant Writer  ext. 374